USPS Announces 2021 Postage Rate Increase for Mailing Services

October 19th, 2020 Comments off

The U.S. Postal Service has proposed new postage rates for Mailing Services to be implemented on Sunday, January 24, 2021, subject to approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). 

The 2021 rate increase for USPS Shipping services has not been released yet. 

Listed below are the highlights of the proposed 2021 USPS rate increase for customers buying postage online for USPS Mailing services.

First Class Mail Letters - 2021 Rates
INCREASE PER LETTER - 2021 Rates vs. 2020 Rates
Mailpiece Weight20212020Increase
Letters - 1 oz.$0.55$0.55$0.00
Letters - Additional Ounces$0.20$0.15$0.05
Metered Mail Letters (Stamps.com Rate) - 1 oz.$0.51$0.50$0.01
Metered Mail Letters (Stamps.com Rate) - Additional Ounces$0.20$0.15$0.05
Flat/Large Envelope - 1 oz.$1.00$1.00$0.00
Flat/Large Envelope - Additional Ounces$0.20$0.20$0.00
Postcards$0.36$0.35$0.01
International Letters - 1 oz. (County Groups 1-9)$1.15$1.15$0.00
International Postcard (County Groups 1-9)$1.15$1.15$0.00

The rate for a First Class Mail Letter (1 oz.) for postage purchased at the Post Office is NOT INCREASING in 2021, remaining at $0.55. Each additional ounce for First Class Mail will cost $0.20, a five cent increase from 2020.

If you print postage online (via Stamps.com), the Metered Mail rate (1 oz.) will increase by one cent to $0.51 in 2021.  The Metered Mail rate has a 4 cents discount off the Post Office price, representing a 7% discount.

The starting rate for a First Class Mail Flats/Large Envelope is NOT INCREASING in 2021 with the price remaining at $1.00 (1 oz.). Additional ounces are also NOT INCREASING in 2021. Postcard rates will increase by one cent to $0.36 in 2021, from $0.35 in 2020.

First Class Mail International Letters and Postcards are NOT INCREASING in 2021.

USPS Special Services - 2021 Rates
INCREASE PER SERVICE - 2021 Rates vs. 2020 Rates
Service Description20212020Increase
Certified Mail$3.60$3.55$0.05
Restricted Delivery$9.15$9.00$0.15
Adult Signature Required$9.15$9.00$0.15
Adult Signature Restricted Delivery$9.15$9.00$0.15
Certificate of Mailing - Basic$1.55$1.50$0.05
Insurance - Up to $50 of coveragestarts at $2.30starts at $2.25$0.05
Live Animal Transportation Fee$0.20$0.20$0.00
Package Intercept (Domestic)$14.65$14.65$0.00
Pickup on Demand$24.00$24.00$0.00
Return Receipt - electronic$1.75$1.70$0.05
Registered Mailstarts at $12.90starts at $12.60$0.30

USPS offers additional services that can be added to your mailpiece to provide record of mailing, delivery information, package insurance and restricted delivery.  The table above indicates the 2021 rate changes for USPS Special Services.

Media Mail - 2021 Rates
INCREASE PER PACKAGE - 2021 Rates vs. 2020 Rates
Weight (lbs.)20212020Increase
1$2.89$2.80$0.09
2$3.45$3.33$0.12
3$4.01$3.86$0.15
4$4.57$4.39$0.18
5$5.13$4.92$0.21
6$5.69$5.45$0.24
7$6.25$5.98$0.27
8$6.81$6.52$0.29
9$7.37$7.06$0.31
10$7.93$7.60$0.33

Media Mail rates will increase by an average of 3.579% in 2021. A 1 lb. package traveling to Zone 8 will increase 9 cents, to $2.89 in 2021 compared to $2.80 in 2020.

Stamps.com Will Automatically Update to the New USPS Rates on January 24, 2021

Once the rates are approved by the PRC, Stamps.com will automatically update all USPS rates inside the software and web-based version (Stamps.com Online) on Sunday, January 24, 2021. If you are a Stamps.com customer, no additional actions are needed and you will AUTOMATICALLY see the 2021 USPS rates in the platform.

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USPS Proposes Holiday Shipping Rate Increase Starting Oct. 18

August 17th, 2020 Comments off

The U.S. Postal Service has proposed a temporary, holiday shipping rate increase to start on Sunday, October 18, 2020 and end on Sunday, December 27, 2020.  Subject to approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), the proposed USPS holiday rate increase will impact five specific mail classes for shippers using Commercial Base pricing – Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, First Class Package Service, Parcel Select and Parcel Return Service. There will be no holiday rate increase for customers who purchase postage at the Post Office (retail).

The USPS has stated the temporary price increases are due to higher expenses related to the coronavirus pandemic and increased demand in holiday e-commerce activity.

Listed below are the proposed 2020 USPS holiday rate increases for customers buying postage online:

Priority Mail Express – 2020 Holiday Shipping Rate Increase (Commercial Base)

Weight (lbs.)Zones 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
0.5$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50
1$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50
2$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50
3$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50
4$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50
5$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50$1.50

Priority Mail Express will see an average increase of 4.4%, with some cells going as high as 6.59% (0.5 lb., zone 1/2).  Lower weights under 4 lbs. traveling to zones 1-4 have larger rate increases by percentage. A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Priority Mail Express will cost $39.55 in the 2020 holiday period (October 18 through December 27, 2020), compared to $38.05 currently.

Priority Mail Express Flat Rate – 2020 Holiday Shipping Rates (Commercial Base)

MailpieceProposedCurrentIncrease
Flat Rate Envelope$24.25$22.75$1.50
Legal Flat Rate Envelope$24.45$22.95$1.50
Padded Flat Rate Envelope$24.75$23.25$1.50

All three options (regular, legal and padded) of Priority Mail Express Flat Rate envelopes are increasing by $1.50 per shipment in the 2020 holiday period (October 18 through December 27, 2020).

Priority Mail – 2020 Holiday Shipping Rate Increase (Commercial Base)

Weight (lbs.)Zones 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
0.5$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
1$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
2$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
3$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
4$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
5$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40

Priority Mail will see an average increase of 4.2%, with some cells going as high as 5.70% (1 lb., zone 1/2). Lower weights under 3 lbs. traveling to zones 1-5 have larger rate increases by percentage.  A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Priority Mail will cost $8.82 in the 2020 holiday period (October 18 through December 27, 2020), compared to $8.42 currently.

Priority Mail Regional Rate – 2020 Holiday Shipping Rate Increase (Commercial Base)

Box TypeZones 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
A$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
B$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40

Priority Mail Regional Rate prices are increasing by $0.40 per shipment. A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Priority Mail Regional Rate Box A will cost $12.50 in the 2020 holiday period (October 18 through December 27, 2020), compared to $12.10 currently.

Priority Mail Flat Rate- 2020 Holiday Shipping Rate Increase (Commercial Base)

MailpieceProposedCurrentIncrease
Flat Rate Envelope$7.55$7.15$0.40
Legal Flat Rate Envelope$7.85$7.45$0.40
Padded Flat Rate Envelope$8.15$7.75$0.40
Small Flat Rate Box$8.05$7.65$0.40
Medium Flat Rate Box$13.60$13.20$0.40
Large Flat Rate Box$18.70$18.30$0.40
APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box$17.20$18.00$0.40

All Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes (regular, legal and padded) and boxes (small, medium and large) are increasing by $0.40 in the 2020 holiday period (October 18 through December 27, 2020).

First Class Package Service – 2020 Holiday Shipping Rate Increase (Commercial Base)

Mailpiece WeightZones 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
1 ounce$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
2 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
3 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
4 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
5 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
6 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
7 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
8 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
9 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
10 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
11 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
12 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
13 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
14 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
15 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25
15.999 ounces$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25$0.25

First Class Package Service will see an average increase of 7.0%, with some cells going as high as 9.12% (one ounce, zone 1/2). Lower weights under 4 ounces traveling to zones 1-5 have larger rate increases by percentage. A 15.999 ounce. package going to Zone 8 using First Class Package Service will cost $5.95 in the 2020 holiday period (October 18 through December 27, 2020), compared to $5.70 currently.

Parcel Select Ground – 2020 Holiday Shipping Rate Increase

Weight (lbs.)Zones 1 & 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5Zone 6Zone 7Zone 8Zone 9
1$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
2$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
3$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
4$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
5$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
6$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
7$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
8$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
9$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40
10$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40$0.40

Parcel Select Ground will see an average increase of 3.0%, with some cells going as high as 5.78% (1 lb., zone 1/2). Lower weights under 5 lbs. traveling to zones 1-5 have larger rate increases by percentage. A 1 lb. package going to Zone 8 using Parcel Select Ground will cost $8.52 in the 2020 holiday period (October 18 through December 27, 2020), compared to $8.12 currently.

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July 1, 2020 Rate Increase: Important News for International Shippers Using Consolidators

June 19th, 2020 Comments off

For large international shippers getting discounted USPS shipping through a consolidator, you may see a significant rate increase starting July 1, 2020 due to the USPS International price change.  (Customers who use Stamps.com for single package international shipping labels will not see a rate increase on July 1 – most Stamps.com customers fall into this category.)

The rate increase is due to the U.S. agreement with the Universal Postal Union (UPU) that was signed in September 2019. The United States had threatened to leave the UPU if they could not self-declare terminal dues (i.e. shipping rates) for countries that had inbound letter and small parcel volumes in excess of 75,000 metric tons.  The Universal Postal Union (UPU) is the governing body that helps postal services around the globe facilitate the delivery of mail and packages amongst each other.

Terminal dues are the fees that a national postal service is charged to have packages delivered in another country. Under the new UPU agreement, the USPS has increased its terminal dues to about 70% of the U.S. domestic rate, which experts believe will result in significantly increased postage rates from other countries, especially China where manufacturers were able to deliver a package from China to the U.S. cheaper than a domestic U.S. delivery.

According to Supply Chain Dive magazine, 31 countries will be reciprocating the U.S.’s self-declared rates for outbound shipments on parcels weighing 4.4 lbs. or less. The U.S. is negotiating new agreements with many additional countries, so other country shipping rates may change soon after July 1, 2020.

Stamps.com customers who are using international delivery through a consolidator will be contacted by a GlobalPost sales rep to discuss additional shipping options, including GlobalPost Economy (country to country tracking) and GlobalPost Standard (door-to-door tracking) where we offer the same shipping experience at rates that are protected from the USPS international rate increase starting on July 1, 2020.

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Global Address Verification: Improve deliverability with real-time address verification
No Customs Forms: Send Customs electronically – no forms to print
Ship Merchandise in Flats: Save money with international flats/large envelopes
Instant Refunds: No more tracking refund requests that can take up to 2 weeks
Free Pick-Up Service: Schedule pick-ups when it’s convenient for you (select markets only)
Parcel Coverage: $100 Included

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Mail Service Restored to 15 Military Mail ZIPs

May 21st, 2020 Comments off

Effective today, May 21, 2020, the USPS has restored mail service to 15 Military Mail ZIPs. These ZIPs were previously suspended on April 9 due to lack of transportation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Including the suspensions lifted today, the USPS has now restored service to a total of 23 Military Mail ZIPs in the past two weeks. For a full list of USPS service alterations due to coronavirus visit the Stamps.com Cornavirus Updates Page.

Mail service to the following ZIPs has been restored:

AE DPO 09175-9997
AE DPO 09614-9997
AE DPO 09836-9997
AA DPO 34011-9997
AA DPO 34020-9997
AA DPO 34024-9997
AA DPO 34030-9997
AA DPO 34031-9997
AA DPO 34032-9997
AA DPO 34033-9997
AA DPO 34034-9997
AA DPO 34035-9997
AA DPO 34036-9997
AA DPO 34039-9997
AA DPO 34068-9997

Additionally, the USPS has received notifications from the postal services of Honduras and Nepal detailing service suspensions.

Honduras
Empresa de Correos de Honduras has extended the suspension of postal services until May 28, 2020.

Nepal
Nepal Post has extended the suspension of all postal services until June 2, 2020.

USPS Restores Mail Service to Four International Destinations

May 15th, 2020 Comments off

Effective today, March 15, the USPS will resume service to four international destinations: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, Moldova, and Montenegro. Service to these destinations was initially suspended on April 24, 2020 due to lack of transportation as a result of coronavirus.

Additionally, the USPS will suspend international service to The British Virgin Islands effective immediately. With these updates, the list of USPS suspended international destinations now stands at 108:

AzerbaijanLebanonSolomon Islands
BoliviaLiberiaSouth Sudan
BruneiLibyaSyria
CambodiaMadagascarTajikistan
ChadMauritiusTimor-Leste
CubaMongoliaTurkmenistan
EcuadorMyanmarTurks & Caicos
HondurasNigerUzbekistan
IraqPanamaVanuatu
JordanPapua New GuineaVenezuela
KiribatiRepublic of CongoYemen
KyrgyzstanSeychelles
LaosSierra Leone

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